Remember when a woman cheated death after a concrete slab fell on her car last September? Although the car was completely crushed, luckily she left the scene with only an injured arm.
The incident sparked conversation among netizens regarding safety procedures and now it seems that the contractors behind the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE) project have been fined a total of RM180,000 for “failing to ensure safety at the construction site”.
According to The Star, the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) said in a statement today that the main contractor, MRCB Builders Sdn Bhd was fined RM80,000 while subcontractor Makna Setia Sdn Bhd was slapped with an RM100,000 fine.
Both the contractors were respectively fined under Section 34B (1) (c) and Section 34C(1) of the CIDB Act 1994 (Act 520) which states that it is the contractor’s duty to ensure the safety of building and construction works either during or after construction.
“The CIDB investigation found that the subcontractor also did not follow the proper work procedures and has a site supervisor with no accreditation. Therefore, the subcontractor is instructed to make improvements in safety procedures including sending employees, site supervisors and construction managers for accreditation,” the statement said.
CIDB then ordered the subcontractor to conduct a security audit by a third party on project safety, work procedure and operation as well as construction site management.
“Throughout the investigation, both the companies cooperated including pledging to improve procedures and safe workplace practices,” it said.
Let’s hope this never happens again.